A young lesbian couple was found on Saturday in a public park near Corpus Christi on the Texas coast. Both had been shot in the head. One of the women is dead. And police have no suspects or motive:
Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary Christine Chapa, 18, were found in knee-deep grass in a nature area in Portland by a couple Saturday, said Portland Police Chief Randy Wright, who confirmed to msnbc.com details first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller Times. Olgin, originally from Ingleside but recently living in Corpus Christi, died; Chapa, of Sinton, was rushed to a hospital where she had surgery and was in serious but stable condition on Sunday, local NBC affiliate kristv.com reported. Wright said Chapa was still in the hospital on Monday…
…When asked if police had been able to determine if the girls’ sexuality played any role in the shootings, Wright told msnbc.com: “That’s always something that we’re looking for, but as of this point, we have not been able to establish that that had anything to do with the attack.”
He said they had been in communication with Chapa. He noted all indications were that “third parties” were involved in the assault. “If we had a name, you know, we’d be having a different conversation right now. But we have not been able to gather enough information to identify a suspect yet,” he said. “It appears as if … this was not just a random attack but that’s something that we really have to develop over time.”
Violence always escalates against our community whenever we achieve some movement. That is always why I say that our must be quick to fight and get our Equality and not drawn out bit by bit over time like it has been.
The longer it takes us to achieve LGBT equality the more time it gives every bigot and every “so called” anti-gay religious leader who has ever opposed marriage equality or who says that states rights trump civil rights has time to spread lies and propaganda that can lead to violence like this.
My heart breaks for these girls. And I grieve with their family and friends.
Two innocent victims in the battle for Equality.